EU: Switzerland rejects EU request to bypass Russia trade embargo

Switzerland has turned down requests from EU fruit, vegetable and dairy product associations to export products to Russia through the country to bypass Moscow's trade embargo.

BRAZIL/US: Cutrale, Safra appeal to Chiquita shareholders

Brazilian juice maker Cutrale Group and investment firm Safra Group have asked Chiquita Brands International's investors to vote against the produce giant's planned merger with Fyffes.

Japan and growth

An economic malaise and unhelpful demographic trends have seen Japan lose its lustre in recent years. This management briefing looks at how the country's food manufacturers are looking abroad but also how there is opportunity within the market.

Sustainability Watch: Supply chain focus comes down to four-letter word

Among all the sustainability issues food companies are addressing, agricultural supply chains are month by month becoming an ever more predominant focus. In his fiftieth Sustainability Watch feature, Ben Cooper reflects on why.

On the money: Hormel still looking for M&A

US group Hormel Foods has been busy looking for acquisitions in recent quarters, succeeding in some places and apparently being thwarted els...

FMCG sales slowing despite economic green shoots

There are signs of economic recovery across much of Europe but grocery sales remain under pressure. IRI's Tim Eales analyses why and suggest...

On the money: Hain expects continued organic gains

Hain Celestial, the US natural and organic food group, has indicated it expects to drive continued organic growth in the coming year - even...

On the money: Solid Lindt outpaces chocolate peers

Lindt & Sprungli, the upmarket Swiss chocolate group, today (19 August) underlined why it is a business seen as one of the better performers...

Comment: Holistic approach to obesity issue needed

The Institute of Economic Affairs, a UK think tank, raised an important issue yesterday (18 August) when it insisted a decline in physical a...

Analysis: Market bets on higher Chiquita offer

Chiquita Brands International has rejected a takeover approach from Brazilian juice maker Cutrale Group and investment firm Safra Group in f...

M&A Watch: Why Raisio should sell to private equity 14 Aug 14

Raisio, the Finland-based group behind brands including Benecol, Honey Monster cereals and Fox's confectionery, has, in recent years, tried to grow via M&A. However, Stefan Kirk of M&A advisors Glenboden questions the company's strategy and believes it should be sold to a private-equity firm to unlock value.

On the money: Flowers looks to soothe market after forecast cut 13 Aug 14

Shares in US bakery group Flowers Foods sank yesterday after it cut its earnings forecast for 2014 - but the company immediately sought to soothe investor concerns by looking to its longer-term prospects.

Innovative Flavors & Ingredients for Meat Products

WILD’s on staff culinary chefs provide insight and creativity – offering our customers inn...

What role do promotions have in frugal times?

just-food's latest webinar brings in executive vice president of the International Consulting G...

What lessons can we learn from the E. coli outbreak? Your questions answered.

The recent E. coli outbreak has again raised food safety as an ...

Switz rejects EU plea to bypass Russia export ban

Alan Osborn | 22 Aug 14

Switzerland has turned down requests from EU fruit, vegetable and dairy product associations to export products to Russia through the country to bypass Moscow's trade embargo.

Dairy commodity prices drive Bega Cheese profits

Dean Best | 22 Aug 14

Australian dairy group Bega Cheese has booked an increase in annual profits, as higher global dairy commodity prices helped boost sales.

Watchdog blocks Nortura purchase of Prima assets

Hannah Abdulla | 22 Aug 14

Norwegian meat producer Nortura has had its move to acquire slaughterhouse assets from local peer Prima Gruppen blocked by the country's competition authority.

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Japan and growth: Interview: Tokyo eyes food export growth by advancing "brand Japan" 13 Aug 14

Katy Askew

The Japanese government has set out an ambitious programme to increase food exports. With a focus on high-quality, high-value, products the authorities hope that increasing Japanese food sales internationally will help revitalise the country's lacklustre economy and offset declining domestic consumption. just-food spoke to Japan's Parliamentary Vice-Minister Yasuhiro Ozato to find out more.

Interview: United Biscuits international chief Jeff van der Eems 7 Aug 14

Andrew Don

While speculation over the future ownership of United Biscuits intensifies, the UK snack maker is making strides beyond its domestic market, with a significant proportion of its growth coming from developing economies – Africa, the Middle East, India and China in particular. Jeff van der Eems, chief executive of UB's international business, speaks to Andrew Don about the company's international ambitions.

The just-food interview part two: Premier Foods CEO Gavin Darby 5 Aug 14

Katy Askew

Premier Foods has strengthened its financial position and is building profitability through a focus on cost reduction. However, the UK company is finding the going tougher as it looks to accelerate its sales growth. Chief executive Gavin Darby spoke to just-food about how Premier is adapting to the changing landscape in UK grocery retail.

just-food closed on Monday - but catch up on what you may have missed

Dean Best | 22 Aug 14

A quick note to say we are closed on Monday (25 August) for a public holiday in England and Wales - but there's plenty for you to peruse on the site before we return on Tuesday.

Sandwich maker looks to capitalise on Nestle's Hot Pockets switch

Hannah Abdulla | 22 Aug 14

They say one man's trash is another man's treasure. In the US, Nestle is scrapping production of its Hot Pockets sandwiches at a plant in California plant, leaving 360 staff out in the cold. But a small local bakery is using the opportunity to announce it is expanding - and hiring.

Family Dollar dismisses Dollar General offer

Dean Best | 21 Aug 14

The takeover battle for Family Dollar Stores has taken another twist, with the US retailer rejecting a takeover bid from rival Dollar General and in-the-spotlight CEO Howard Levine citing anti-trust concerns.

Food in crossfire as Russia retaliates

Moscow has banned a range of foodstuffs from the US, the EU and other countries in response to the steeping of sanctions from the West.

Fyffes merger on horizon but bid interest in Chiquita

Brazilian juice manufacturer Cutrale Group and investment firm Safra Group have bid for Chiquita Brands International, with the produce giant having already lined up a merger with Fyffes. How has Chiquita reacted?

Food majors report Q2 and H1 results

The results season kicked off in earnest this week and just-food brings you analysis of numbers from companies including Danone, Grupo Bimbo and Premier Foods.

Campbell ready for more M&A

The US food group has sought to improve its growth prospects with a series of acquisitions in the last 18 months. However, it needs to do more and this week underlined it is ready for more M&A. Nevertheless, the path ahead will not be straight-forward.

Global Food and Grocery Retailing, 2013-2018: Market Dynamic

Global Food and Grocery Retailing, 2013-2018: Market Dynamics, Retail Trends and Competitive Landscape

The “Global Food and Grocery Retailing, 2013-2018” report, provides an analysis of current and forecast market data of retail sales in the food and grocery categories across different channels globally. Also provides, food and grocery data by categories food, drinks, household products and tobacco. In addition, it highlights the largest and fastest growing markets for the food and grocery categories identifying key trends influencing the markets, with an emphasis on innovative retailers across different channels... Read more

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The Future of the Savory Snacks Market in Hong Kong to 2018

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Global Soy Food Market 2014-2018

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Global Database of the Top 1000 Food Producers - Company Names, Financial Performance, Key Executives, and Contact Details

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The Future of the Food Packaging Market in the US to 2018: Consumption of Primary, Outer, Closure and Multi-pack Packaging

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